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Phantom Sound Specialists Cambridge MA

Local resource for phantom sound specialists in Cambridge. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to audiologists, ENT doctors, hearing tests, ear specialists, hearing aids and devices, and hearing loss communication, as well as advice and content on hearing impairment treatments and resources.

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
(617) 505-1953
110 Francis St Ste 6E
Boston, MA
Services
Comprehensive Care Centers Cancer CenterCardioVascular InstituteDigestive Disease CenterSpine CenterTransplant Institute
Hours
SundayOpen by Appointment ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
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Northeastern University
(617) 580-3020
30 Leon Street 503 Behrakis Health Science Ct
Boston, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Professional Hearing Aid
(617) 849-8801
1101 Beacon St Ste 8e
Brookline, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Audiology Services Inc.
(617) 484-8700
90 Concord Ave Ste 4
Belmont, MA
Services
Audiometric Evaluations-Hearing Aid Sales and Service-Earmolds-LACE training-Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)-Audiology Services, Inc.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Brookline Hearing Service Inc.
(617) 505-1952
1842 Beacon St Ste 403
Brookline, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary
(617) 910-3058
243 Charles St
Boston, MA
Services
Eye CareOur ophthalmology services and specialties range from eye-care checkups to treating the most complex vision and eye-related issues.Ear, Nose, Throat,Head & Neck CareSpecialties in otolaryngology range from sinus care and sleep disorders to head and neck cancer, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and facial nerve reconstruction.Pediatric CareThere''s no such thing as routine, when it comes to your child''s healthcare. Our pediatric specialists and surgeons offer world-class, compassionate,
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MondayClosed ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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Tobias And Battite Inc.
(617) 274-8001
16 Temple Place
Boston, MA
Services
Otoscopy - A visual inspection of your ear canal and eardrum Pure Tone Audiometry - Measuring the softest sounds you can hear at a variety of pitches Speech Reception Threshold - The softest level you can hear speech Speech Discrimination - Testing how accurately you hear speech at amplified levels Loudness and Tolerance measurements - Documentation of your personal loudness tolerance range to ensure that amplification is never uncomfortably loud Tympanometry - Measuring the movement of your ear
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Brigham Womens Hospital
(617) 505-1956
45 Francis St
Boston, MA
Services
Cartilage RepairFace TransplantRobotic SurgeryHybrid ORPercutaneous Aortic Valve ReplacementDIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Hours
MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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Daniels Hearing Center
(617) 892-4196
830 Harrison Ave J Joseph Moakley Bldg
Roxbury, MA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDsAuditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Balance and Dizziness: Positional Vertigo and Epley ManeuverCentral Auditory Processing EvaluationsEar Molds: Custom-made noise protection earmoldsFirstSound Newborn Screening ProviderHearing Aids: Sales and ServiceHearing Evaluations: AdultsHearing Evaluations: ChildrenLoop Induction SystemsMusicians'' Custom Ear Plugs and MonitorsReal-ear measurementTinnitus Diagnostics
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Boston ENT Associates
(617) 553-4665
1153 Centre St Ste 52
Jamaica Plain, MA
Services
AUDIOLOGY SERVICESOur audiology team conducts comprehensive hearing evaluations which include tympanometry, air and bone conduction, as well as word recognition testing. If a patient is a hearing aid candidate and decides to pursue amplification the audiologist would proceed with a hearing aid evaluation, fitting and follow-up appointment. The audiologists work with a range of hearing aid manufacturers and a specific hearing aid is recommended based on a patient''s lifestyle and needs.At our Fa
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Musical Ear Syndrome

Answers to Your Questions about Hearing Loss Issues  

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A man recently wrote:

Thank you for your research into Musical Ear Syndrome (MES). Also, thank you for your website postings on the subject, and for your book “Phantom Voices, Ethereal Music & Other Spooky Sounds”. My condition is similar to other people that you describe, but there are a few differences. And more importantly, I want to tell you how I have nearly cured myself of MES.

I have had MES for about 11.5 years. I am 53 and in otherwise good health. I am not hard of hearing. However, all my adult life, I have been acutely sensitive to noise when trying to sleep. I run a fan at night to block out noise when sleeping. I played clarinet & violin in school, but played nothing as an adult. I enjoyed classical and rock music as an adult, until the onset of MES.

I cannot pinpoint the exact onset of MES, but my best estimate is August 1996. Living in an apartment, I thought that neighbors were playing music all night. At first, I only heard the music while trying to sleep. Back then I also heard radio & TV sounds. I could hear a voice (sometimes dialog), tones of voice, and content (beer commercials, radio comedy, nature programs, etc.), but I could never quite make out the words. Eventually, I only heard music.

I approached neighbors, asking them to turn down their music. Naturally, they denied that they were playing music. Eventually, I started hearing music during daylight hours. It was so real I firmly felt that the music was external—that it was coming from the outside, not from within me. I would walk through my neighborhood, trying to find the source of the music. For the first three months or so, I insisted that the music was external to me.

By November 1996, I was starting to break down. The music was so loud and intrusive, that it prevented me from sleeping. I could only get 1 to 2 hours of sleep per night. I could not concentrate, eat, or sleep. My time-horizon contracted to simply getting through the day. The music nearly killed me through sleep deprivation.

There was one odd correlate to the music. It would increase in volume whenever background white noise increased in volume. This puzzled me greatly, because I was accustomed to masking intrusive noise with white noise. But white noise just made the problem worse.

The only way that I could convince myself that the music was in my head, and not external, was to leave the city. A friend and I took a road trip. When the music remained unchanged, I realized that this was a hallucination—something in my brain.

I started going to neurologists and psychiatrists in December 1996. If nothing else, I had to get sleep, or I would die. In all, I saw 3 neurologists...

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